Oberleutnant zur See (Crew 37a)
|Born||26 Sep 1917||Berlin|
|Died||7 Aug 2010||(92)||Karlsruhe, Germany|
|U-276||9 Dec 1942||19 Oct 1943||No war patrols|
|U-716||Feb, 1945||9 May 1945||3 patrols (44 days)|
Jürgen Thimme joined the Kriegsmarine in 1937. He was a Watch Officer (WO) in fleet escort F from Aug 1940 to May 1941. From May to Sept 1941 he served as a Watch Officer with the 3rd Minesweeping Flotilla (Busch & Röll, 1999).
He went through U-boat training from Sept 1941 to April 1942 when he was assigned as the First Watch Officer (1WO) on the U-214 (Kptlt. Günther Reeder). Jürgen Thimme left the boat in Oct 1942 after 2 patrols (Busch & Röll, 1999).
In Oct 1942 Thimme began his U-boat Commander training with the 24th (Training) Flotilla from when he began his U-boat familiarization (Baubelehrung) at Bremen to prepare for his own command. On 9 Dec 1942 Oblt. Jürgen Thimme commissioned the brand new type VIIC boat U-278. In Oct 1943 he left the boat having never gone out on patrol with her (Busch & Röll, 1999).
On 26 Jan 1945 Oblt. Jürgen Thimme took command of the veteran boat U-716 then stationed in Norway. He took the boat out on 3 patrols in the Arctic Ocean (Busch & Röll, 1997). He surrendered his boat at Narvik, Norway on 9 May 1945 (Niestlé, 1998).
Busch, R. and Röll, H-J. (1999). German U-boat commanders of World War II.
Busch, R. and Röll, H-J. (1997). Der U-Bootkrieg 1939-1945 (Band 2).
Niestlé, A. (1998). German U-boat losses during World War II.
Patrol info for Jürgen Thimme
|1.||U-716||18 Feb 1945||Harstad||24 Feb 1945||Harstad||Patrol 1,||7 days|
|2.||U-716||25 Feb 1945||Harstad||26 Feb 1945||Bogenbucht||2 days|
|3.||U-716||12 Mar 1945||Bogenbucht||9 Apr 1945||Narvik||Patrol 2,||29 days|
|4.||U-716||21 Apr 1945||Narvik||28 Apr 1945||Narvik||Patrol 3,||8 days|
|5.||U-716||12 May 1945||Narvik||12 May 1945||Skjomenfjord||1 days|
|6.||U-716||15 May 1945||Skjomenfjord||19 May 1945||Loch Eriboll, UK||5 days|
|3 patrols, 44 days at sea|
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